Jenny and Matt really are the epitome of the modern day, multinational couple, and their wedding day was a wonderful reunion of many aspects of their lives. Jenny, born to an English mother and Canadian father, married her American husband Matt both stateside and in the UK to ensure that all the key people in their lives were able to join for at least one of the occasions. Prior to moving permanently to the States before Christmas, Jenny and Matt decided that Corinthia Hotel London was the right venue for them to celebrate their European wedding, and we were delighted to host them!
The night prior to the wedding Jenny and Matt hosted an informal, jovial and warm welcome to some of their guests with a gathering in The Northall Bar, an excellent way to kick off the celebrations. The drinks flowed and the nibbles were passed around for guests to enjoy – we all knew that the following day was set to be a great occasion!
On the morning of the wedding Jenny and her family occupied one of our stunning Trafalgar Suites, which provided plenty of space for all the nieces, nephews and little ones in which to play, during which time the adults had their hair and make-up done. Whilst the family were busy upstairs, the Corinthia London team were bustling away downstairs setting up The Ballroom and The Courtroom for Jenny and Matt’s special day.
In The Courtroom, the creative team from Mary Jane Vaughan Florists were placing two large floral displays at the front of the room, as well as attaching gypsophila balls to the edges of the pretty silver camelot chairs that Corinthia London had hired in… it was all beginning to take shape.
Their official legal marriage had already taken place in America, and this was the couple’s religious blessing day, which was a very special part of the proceedings for both the bride and groom. The bride’s family’s local vicar, Neil, had previously married both of Jenny’s sisters and was delighted to make the journey to London and conduct a wonderful service for her too.
When Matt and his groomsmen had finished their pre-wedding beers they moved through to The Courtroom, where he then waited patiently for his bride to appear and marry him for the second time.
Jenny looked beautiful in her wedding dress shipped over from the States, and was ready to walk down the aisle to greet her handsome husband Matt. The bridesmaids led the way for the stunning bride down the aisle of The Courtroom, where Neil lead the religious ceremony that joined Jenny and Matt in a long and happy life together.
After the ceremony had taken place, and a fabulous confetti moment had graced the entrance to The Ballroom steps, it was time for us to hand out the Champagne and pass around the canapés. Inside The Ballroom we were finalising the evening set-up, moving the chairs from The Courtroom, and adding all the finishing touches.
The Ballroom looked stunning with soft dove-grey linen and the silver chairs with white seat pads… like our bride, the room was classic and elegant. The florists had worked with a palate of pinks, peaches, foliage and pearls to create the look that the couple had dreamt of, and we were only too happy to see such lovely elements in our Ballroom.
The top table was one of my personal favourite options when it comes to a head table – a half moon. It was both intimate and inclusive whilst being wonderfully pretty with the floral design features drawing the eye – it was the perfect place for the bride, groom and their parents to spend the evening.
It was then time for the wedding breakfast to start, with the combination of delicious food, wonderful wine and a collection of fantastic speeches. A unique touch to the wedding was that Chris, Jenny’s dad, was the toastmaster for the whole evening and a natural on the microphone, he kept things moving whilst adding that personal touch that only a family member can. The reason for his role as toastmaster came from Jenny’s mum, Linda, being the one to make the official speech on behalf of the bride’s parents, thus allowed him to still have a key role. Since Jenny was the last of her three girls to get married, Linda wanted to have her turn to express how much her gorgeous girls mean to her as well as mentioning events in the past that proved to be both amusing and part of Jenny’s upbringing. It was a wonderful thing for her to do as a mother and it was clearly appreciated by all present. Fortunately we had fabulous photographer, Jez Dickson, on hand to capture all the moments and reactions that the couple will no doubt want to cherish.
We also had to take time for another important event, almost big enough to overshadow the wedding… Jenny’s nephew’s birthday! It was essential that we brought him a cake with candles to blow out, as we all say a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’. Even prior to the wedding he was certain that the wedding was in fact a (larger than the average) party being thrown in his honour… lucky boy!
Following the dinner and toasts, Jenny and Matt made their way to the dance floor where they cut their fantastic cheese tower ‘cake’ which had also been dressed with gypsophila and looked delicious, as well as being quite the talking point.
With the cheese moved safely out of the way of the dance floor, it was time for the DJ to get the party started with the first dance and then a good old boogie!
Besides taking the time out to snack on some of the cheese, chutneys and biscuits, this group kept the dance floor warm and kept going until the late hours!
Jenny and Matt, we hope that you enjoyed your special day here at Corinthia London as much as we did, and we wish you all the best for your new married life stateside!
With Love From Corinthia xx
Venue: Corinthia Hotel London
Photographer: Jez Dickson
Penthouse: The Royal Penthouse
Florist: Mary Jane Vaughan Designs
Chairs: Hire Chiavari Chairs
Cheese Tower: Costco
Stationery: Eagle Eyed Bride
Bride’s Dress: Essense of Australia
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker
Groom’s Shoes: Aldo
Make Up: Bride did her own!
Earrings: Adriana Orsini
With love from Corinthia London,